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Opinion

January 13, 2014

Your View: Welcome back

In this dark, cynical, detached world we find ourselves in these days, it is rare to find something as moving as Carolyn Trout’s eulogy-not-posing-as-eulogy published in the Senior Outlook section of Wednesday’s Joplin Globe.

Humorous, witty, whimsical, her remembrance of things past manages to stir our own reflections on mortality, the pain of loss and how we might deal with these life-shaking events. Further, and more to the point, we welcome and applaud her return to the pages of the Globe, a practice she has postponed since the passing of her beloved Tom.

We are longtime readers of her columns in Senior Outlook, and we have laughed, cried and occasionally ached at evocations of senior moments that we both, seniors ourselves, have experienced. From the simple tasks of buying a new trash can to dealing with the maddening experience of trying to set the clock on the latest piece of electronic wizardry, we laugh, and sometimes wince, at the memory of our own fumbling attempts to accomplish these simple tasks.

We have missed Carolyn’s unique rendering of the problems of everyday life in her columns. Welcome back, Carolyn.

Sandie and Bud Morgan

Joplin

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